• Trio invades home, robs family

    A Lancaster family was held at gunpoint and assaulted early Tuesday morning and police are looking for three men who may be involved. 

    Lancaster Police Department officers were called to a home in the 500 block of North White Street at 12:37 a.m. about a possible burglary that happened only minutes before, according to a police department incident report. 

    When police arrived, they knocked several times but no one answered the door, though they heard what sounded like someone crying inside the home. 

  • Good Samaritan steps up

    The small, red fire extinguisher was still smoking as Stephon Chavis turned it over in his hands Wednesday afternoon. 

    Pulling his baseball hat off to wipe sweat from his brow, Chavis smiled as he recounted how only minutes before he was sprinting across several lanes of traffic clutching that same extinguisher.

  • Diller to speak at county library

    Lancaster County Library
    Author and Lancaster native Harriet Diller will be the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Friends of the Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., at 7 p.m. Tuesday.  
    Diller will autograph copies of her latest novel, “Everlastingly Vev.” You can buy the book at the program or at barnesandnoble.com.

  • Hazel Street man attacked in bed

    Jesef Williams
    A Hazel Street resident told police a man invaded his home early Feb. 2  and attacked him.
    About 2 a.m. that day, the suspect knocked on the front door of the victim’s home several times, asking to enter. The resident said he was in the bed and told the man to go away, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The resident said the suspect then kicked the door open and entered the bedroom where he was.

  • Deputies charge woman for firing gun in home

    Christopher Sardelli
    A heated argument between a Lancaster man and his girlfriend ended with the woman’s arrest after she fired a gun into a ceiling.
    Flossie Burks Lewis, 53, of Elgin, was arrested Feb. 5 and charged with first-degree assault and battery, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

  • A night of basketball magic

    Jesef Williams
    The Lancaster Bruins basketball season is over. The Charlotte Bobcats aren’t winning much these days, so a trip to Uptown Charlotte may not be worth your while.
    But don’t fret. If you’re looking for some live, high-energy hardwood entertainment, make sure you’re at Lancaster High School on Thursday.
    That’s when the Harlem MagicMasters return for an exhibition game that promises to amaze and excite the crowd.

  • IL man wins $2 million

    Reece Murphy
    An Indian Land man and his wife are $2 million richer after matching all six numbers in the Feb. 22 Powerball drawing.
    According to the S.C. Education Lottery, the unidentified man bought the ticket at Tri An Mart at 948 Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160), just east of Barberville Road.
    The winning numbers? 7,16,17,39, and 51 with a Powerball of 32. The $1 addition of a Powerball doubled the man’s five-number win of $1 million.
    The odds of hitting all six numbers? One in 5,153,633.

  • Man is convicted in child assault

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Fort Lawn man was sentenced on two counts of assaulting a Lancaster child following a three-day jury trial.
    Joseph Bradley Loftin, 30, was convicted Feb. 16 on second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and committing a lewd act on a minor, said 6th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Curtisha Mingo, who prosecuted the case.

  • Students hear baseball players’ story about discrimination

    Donna Roberts
    McDonald Green Elementary School
    On Feb. 9, Augustus Holt from Charleston visited McDonald Green Elementary School to share the story of the Charleston Cannon Street Boys YMCA baseball team of 1955.
    To tell the story, he brought along two of the former players from the team, Vernont Brown and Leroy Major, who both live in Charleston.

  • Council shoots down firearms ordinance

    Christopher Sardelli
    A proposed firearms ordinance was shot down by Lancaster County Council on Monday night.
    Council members, as well as representatives from a special citizens committee, had been discussing the idea of a negligent-shooting ordinance for months, ever since the shooting death of a horse on a Panhandle ranch last summer.
    But the proposed ordinance was nixed by council Monday after members heard the committee’s recommendation to instead focus on existing state laws.